Give the gift of a one year membership with the Fergus Falls YMCA at no cost to you! In the “spirit of the season” anyone, Y member or not, is invited to nominate an individual or a family to receive the gift membership. The demonstration of the four YMCA character values by the individual or family is the basis for selection. 

The four values are: 

Honesty - to tell the truth, have integrity, and build trust.

Caring - to be sensitive to the needs of others and go the extra mile.

Respect - to value the worth of every person and treat others as you would like to be treated.

Responsibility - to do what is right and be accountable for one’s own behavior and obligations.

Act soon, as nominations will be accepted only through Sunday, Dec. 15. The individual or family selected will be notified by Dec. 20.

Submit nominations by getting the “Share the Spirit of the Season” form at the Y front desk or website, completing it and turning it in. If you don’t like forms, send the nomination in by email to: This is the third year the Y has offered the “Share the Spirit of the Season” gift. 


New: Sunday evening classes

Pranayama and restorative yoga are now being offered on Sunday evening, both taught by Jen Jensen. No preregistration is required.   

Focusing on practicing deeper breathing, pranayama meets from 5:30 to 5:45 p.m. Deeper breathing means more oxygen for the lungs. It can reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and allow for better sleep. 

Restorative yoga goes at a slow and meditative pace with the goals of relaxation, gentle stretching, and the calming of the mind, all contributing to good health including better digestion. It immediately follows pranayama at 5:45 p.m. and is an hour-long session.

Both classes can be done on a mat or chair. For more comfort, participants are welcome to bring pillows and blankets from home. The classes are offered at no charge to members; nonmembers are welcome to participate with the purchase of a day pass.    


Ambassadors of the Month

Nola and Kenny Bettermann and Mary and Wally Warhol are the most recently named “Ambassadors of the Month.” The Bettermanns are newer to the Y; they have been members for five months. Attending aerobic classes and visiting with friends over coffee are their favorite Y activities.

Wally Warhol says he grew up in the YMCA in Minneapolis, participating in their programming from third grade through college. He loves coming to the Fergus Falls Y because “it keeps me healthy.” Mary and Wally have been members for seven years. Wally’s claim to fame: he has met the Beetles.


Employees of the Month

Denny Barlow is seen doing tasks around the Y building, fulfilling his responsibilities as a custodial and maintenance staff person. He and his wife moved to Fergus Falls from Montana two years ago. One of his hobbies is collecting antique seltzer bottles. Barlow’s claim to fame: David Letterman came to his restaurant in Montana.

Karri Gullickson and Kristin Schake are being recognized for their work with children in the after-school and summer day camp programs. Schake enjoys the energy and excitement the children bring to the Y; Gullickson enjoys all their varying personalities and likes. Both are paraeducators for the Fergus Falls Public Schools. 

Lanny Hendrickson is both a fitness instructor and finance assistant. Hendrickson’s exceptionality is graduating from college, with a B.S. in accounting, at age 50.    


Y’s Folks Club

The program for the December meeting, Monday the 16th at noon, will be vocal Christmas music by a group from Fergus Falls Public Schools and conducted by Joni Wasberg.

Tom Hintgen made a presentation featuring his new book, “Golden Memories of the Fergus Falls Area,” a historical record from the late ‘40s to the early ‘70s, at the November Y’s Folks meeting. The first chapter is about the 25 neighborhood grocery stores in Fergus Falls. As Hintgen made his presentation Y’s Folks members shared their memories of the times.  


Fun fact

Over 200 individuals and organizations have donated to the Youth Partners Campaign (Annual Giving Campaign) in 2019. This allows the YMCA to provide families and children financial assistance for membership and participation in programs such as swimming lessons and child care.


 Mary Worner is a past-president of Y’s Folks.


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